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Flow my tears: Songs for Lute, Viol and Voice / Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Thomas Dunford, Jonathan Manson

Album Summary

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Care charming sleep
>Johnson, Robert (II) : From the famous peak of Derby, for voice & lute
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Preludium, for lute, P 98
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fantasia, for lute in G minor, P 6
>Danyel, John : Mrs M E her funeral tears for the death of her husband
>Danyel, John : Why Canst Thou Not?
>Danyel, John : Can Doleful Notes?
>Campion, Thomas : Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore
>Muhly, Nico : Old bones, song for voice & lute
>Hume, Tobias : The First Part of Ayres, for solo viol
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Now, O now I needs must part, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Word, Spoken : Introduction to the encore
>Campion, Thomas : I care not for these ladies
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Notes & Reviews:

Celebrated as the foremost British countertenor of his generation and for the crystalline beauty of his voice, Gramophone Award Winner 2014, Iestyn Davies, voyages through the thrilling world of late Tudor and Stuart lute songs and a new work by Nico Muhly. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, this programme exhibits the poetic eloquence which runs through the work of John Danyel, Thomas Campion and, above all, John Dowland, whose feeling for emotional extremes surges through songs such as 'Can she excuse my wrongs' and 'Flow my tears'.

Celebrated for the crystalline beauty of his voice and the breath-taking daring of his artistry, Iestyn Davies joined us in July 2013 to voyage through the thrilling world of late Tudor and Stuart lute songs and a new work by Nico Muhly. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, this programme exhibits the poetic eloquence which runs through the work of John Danyel, Thomas Campion and, above all, John Dowland, whose feeling for emotional extremes surges through songs such as 'Can she excuse my wrongs' and 'Flow my tears'. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall on 5 July 2013.

Early Music Review, April 2015
Davies sings as beautifully and intelligently as ever ... Very fine singing and playing, all the more amazing for having been recorded live. Davies intonation and word colouring is exemplary in this context ... Davies is the best (and busiest) countertenor around.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
Davies is ideally suited to this repertoire, his voice ethereal, plangent and effortless, his diction and phrasing responsive to the subtlest poetic nuances. He is joined by lutenist Thomas Dunford, who plays these intricate pieces with enviable technique and style, and gambist Jonathan Manson, whose resonant sound adds an aptly dark tone...In short, a treasurable disc.

The Scotsman, 21st February 2015
Davies' effortless range and natural expressiveness give a rich, easeful glow to these performances.

Sunday Times, 8th March 2015
Davies, one of the finest of his formidable generation of countertenors, lavishes his delectable artistry on a well-chosen selection of songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (07/05/2013).



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>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1616
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Care charming sleep
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1614
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Johnson, Robert (II) : From the famous peak of Derby, for voice & lute
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Preludium, for lute, P 98
  • Performers: Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fantasia, for lute in G minor, P 6
  • Performers: Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Danyel, John : Mrs M E her funeral tears for the death of her husband
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Danyel, John : Why Canst Thou Not?
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Danyel, John : Can Doleful Notes?
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Campion, Thomas : Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1613
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Muhly, Nico : Old bones, song for voice & lute
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hume, Tobias : The First Part of Ayres, for solo viol
  • Performers: Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1605
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1610
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1597
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Now, O now I needs must part, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Introduction to the encore
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Campion, Thomas : I care not for these ladies
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Thomas Dunford (Lute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Viol)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1601
  • Studio/Live: Live